This Week In News Around Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Check out the stories you may have missed this week from our Patch neighbors.
Toms River Served Subpoena for its Business With Birdsall Services
Toms River- A subpoena was served to Toms River Township pertaining to the municipality’s business with Birdsall Services Group, a Monmouth County-based engineering and consulting firm that has been under investigation by the state.
The subpoena was issued by the State Grand Jury sitting in Trenton and was served on multiple municipalities that transact business with Birdsall Engineering.
Read more on Toms River Patch.
Blewett Wins Race Named For His Brother
Wall- Jimmy Blewett raced to an emotional victory in a modified stock car race held in memory of his brother, Wall Stadium track officials said Monday.
Blewett, of Howell, on Saturday won the 76-lap “John Blewett III Memorial,’’ an annual race held at the Route 34 racetrack honoring the memory of Jimmy’s brother, who was killed in a racing accident in Connecticut 2007, according to a track release.
Read more on Wall Patch.
Human Case of West Nile Virus Turns Up in Toms River
Toms River- The first human case of West Nile Virus in Ocean County for 2012 has been confirmed by county health authorities.
The county resident, who WOBM radio reported was from Toms River, was not identified by name or age. The person reported mild symptoms and has since recovered, officials said.
Read more on Toms River Patch.
Bayside Dredging Project to Begin 'Any Day'
Ocean City- A dredge is on the way to Ocean City from Maryland, and a long-awaited project to deepen bayside lagoons and channels in Ocean City will begin "any day," according to Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo.
Dattilo said on Tuesday that the existing spoils site near 34th Street is in good shape and ready to receive dredged material. Crews have been working there for several weeks to create berms to contain the dredge spoils.
Read more on Ocean City Patch.
Boardwalk Biz May Have to Help Pay for Boardwalk Fix
Point Pleasant Beach - In late summer of 2011, a number of the Storino family members were on Jenkinson's Boardwalk, welcoming Gov. Christie to Point Pleasant Beach.
During a break in the official activities of the day, the elder Vincent Storino, one of the Jenkinson's owners, shot a sour look at the battered boardwalk and complained, "The mayor, he never fixes the boardwalk."
When asked, "Whose responsibility is it to fix the boardwalk?" Storino replied, emphatically, "The town's."
Read more on Point Pleasant Patch.
Man Drowns in Sandy Hook Bay
Middletown - The man who drowned in Sandy Hook Bay on Sunday afternoon while he was out swimming and fishing with friends and family on a boat was identified Monday by NJ State Police as Hector Yandun, 37, of Brooklyn, NY.
According to State Trooper Ken Minnes at the scene Sunday, police believe Yandun went off the boat into the water to swim, and after a while he sustained a cramp and began to experience difficulty swimming.
“Two other men on the boat — I believe they were family members — saw the victim go under and jumped into the water in an attempt to save him,” Minnes said. “He was brought to the Monmouth Cove Marina where CPR was performed on him, but the victim is now deceased.”
Read more in the Middletown-NJ Patch
WTC Steel Beams Delivered to a Hazlet Fire Company
Two steel beams from the World Trade Center were delivered to the North Centerville Fire Co. on Middle Rd. in Hazlet Wednesday, as part of the first steps to build a monument honoring victims of Sept. 11.
The four-foot long anterior support beams, which weigh about 200 pounds each, were picked up at JFK Airport in Queens and escorted down the Garden State Parkway.
North Centerville Fire Chief Les Parleman said, "We can’t forget this. We can’t forget all the emergency servicemen who were in those buildings who lost their lives. We can’t forget all the civilians who were up there and lost their lives.”
The fire company will incorporated the beams into a memorial.
Read more in the Holmdel-Hazlet Patch.